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Police: Father had heroin in car with infant
By Globe Staff
A 31-year-old father is scheduled to be arraigned in New Bedford District Court today after police say they found over 15 grams of heroin in a car with his infant son.
Police arrested Brent Bramwell on Tuesday night on charges that included trafficking heroin and distributing a Class A controlled substance. The 13-month-old boy, who lives with Bramwell in Acushnet, was released to his mother after a consultation with the state Department of Social Services.
Fairhaven Police said Bramwell was the target of a month long probe by detectives from the Southcoast Anti-Crime Task Force. According to a press release, investigators believe Bramwell is a "mid-level" player in the drug trade from Swansea to Fairhaven.
Police said during the investigation Bramwell drove his car off the highway several times in Fall River and Dartmouth, making u-turns and driving erratically with the child in the car in an effort to shake off any surveillance.